Sydney Markets Fresh Fruit Vegetable & Flower Report
29 May - 4 June 2017


VEGETABLES

Bargain shoppers take note, celery is a top buy at $2-$3 a bunch, depending on size. Enjoy celery raw as a snack or in salads, to sauté and use as the flavour base for tasty soups, casseroles and stir-fries.

Fennels crisp texture and mild aniseed flavour is a delicious addition to casseroles. It also a tasty addition to salads and soup; the fine fronds can be snipped and used to flavour or garnish chicken and fish dishes. Fennel bulbs are $1.50-$2 a bulb.

Celebrate the cooler weather with earthy root vegetables. Roasting root vegetables concentrates their inherent sweetness, delicious served with cooked meats or simply enjoy serve them in a bowl topped with hummus and chopped parsley. This week’s best valued root veg is Tasmania and Victorian grown carrots at $1.50-$2.50 a kilo.

Select brilliant cauliflowers with compact heads. Caulies are a good source of vitamin C and great value at $2-$4 a head. Add cauliflower curries or roast until tender and serve is a salad.

Vibrant curly leaf kale is a good source of vitamin C and folate, vitamin E, vitamin K and beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. Kale also contains iron, calcium and potassium. Choose bunched kale with crisp deep green leaves. Kale is $1-$2 a bunch. Try our scrumptious recipe for Mashed Potato with Kale & Green Onions.

Popular brown onions, have a pungent sharp flavour when used raw but develop a delicious sweetness with cooking because the volatile oils convert to sugar. Use brown onions for casseroles, soups, stocks, risotto and Kumara & Caramelised Onion Tortilla. Versatile brown onions are $2-$3 a kilo.

Winter is the ideal time to make the most of aromatic fresh herbs. Enjoy sage with fish, pork, duck, cheese, breads, potato, pumpkin, peas, leeks, veal, chicken and mushroom. Thyme is delightful teamed with chicken, stock, lemons, parsnip, potatoes, zucchini, squash and sausages. Pick up a bunch for $2.50-$3.

Adored for their soft, delicate oniony flavour and lovely aroma, use leeks as a base for a stew or braise, as you would onions, or make them the feature in a homemade pie or soup. Leeks are $2-$3 each.

Soft leafed English spinach is a versatile a tasty leafy green that also helps maintain eye health as it contains potent antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin that are important for the macula health. Grab a bunch of English spinach to enjoy in stir-fries, frittatas, omelettes, salads or a risotto. Spinach is a bargain at $1.50-$3 a bunch.

Nutrition and versatile broccoli and zucchini are cheaper than last week at $3-$4 a kilo for broccoli and zucchini $3-$5 a kilo.

FRUIT

Unzip a juicy mandarin, they are easy to peel and make an ideal snack at $2-$6 a kilo. There are four varieties to choose from Imperial and Daisy.

Succulent Packham and Beurre Bosc pears are rich in fibre and make the most elegant desserts. Add slices of ripe pear to a bread and butter pudding for a fruit flavour, or poach them in sugar flavoured red wine syrup until tender or add diced pear to a muffin mix. Try our pear and pecan muffins. Pears are $2-$4 a kilo, depending on size.

Quality Hass avocados are super value at $2-$4 each. Their creamy texture and buttery-nutty flavour is complemented by tomatoes, ham, prosciutto, green onions, lemon and pepper. Team avocado with citrus and fennel in a winter salad or serve avocados with chilli con carne.

Rich in calcium and fibre rhubarb is tangy rich tangy flavoured. It is often teamed with apples, strawberries or pears but and always sugar to make scrumptious desserts or baked goods. Rhubarb is $3-$4 a bunch.

Zesty, juicy lemons are so versatile. Whip up a tangy lemon curd, a steamy lemon pudding or marinate lamb steaks in lemon and oregano to make them extra special. Lemons are selling for $3-$5 a kilo.

FLOWERS

Mild sunny days have produced a quality harvest of stock, chrysanthemums, carnations, hyacinth, protea, tulips, snap dragons, sunflower, wattle, sea holly, bottle brush, stock, delphiniums, carnation, calla lily, white jonquils and glossy magnolia leaves. Read all about it. How to nail a flower crown without looking like a bridesmaid.

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Prices quoted in this report are only relevant for the week of the report. All prices are estimates only as prices vary depending on variety, size and quality of produce and the trading area. For further information please contact Sue Dodd, Retail Support Manager on tel 0438 725 453.


Published On 2017-05-29 00:30:00

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